Statistically at least one out of ten people reading this article suffers with migraine headaches. As much as 12% of the American population has migraines on a regular basis.1 If you are a woman, you are 3x as likely to have a migraine and 30% of women have migraines in their lifetime. Migraines are a serious issue that affects many people from leading normal healthy lives.
Now you would think that such a serious health condition would be easily treated and curable, sadly that is not the case. Migraines are as unique as the individuals who have them and that makes it very challenging for both patients and healthcare providers. Migraines involve many factors including; the brain and nervous system, blood flow, muscles of the head and neck and many more. Treatment options can be boiled down into pharmacological interventions and therapeutic methods to treat the effects of the migraines.
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As a migraine specialist I take a much different route to offering people hope for their debilitating condition. Many patients end up seeing me because they want a natural option for migraine relief. I am an upper cervical chiropractor that specializes in the alignment of the head and neck. The reason that is so important is because the first bone in the neck, known as the atlas, is very susceptible to misalignment. When the atlas is misaligned it has a global effect on the brain, nerves and nervous system, biomechanics, muscles and even blood flow. Any one of these are known to cause migraines.
By carefully examining each patient to precisely locate their misalignment I customize an adjustment to correct the misalignment unique to each person. Large studies done on migraine patients utilizing upper cervical chiropractic have shown relief in as little as one or two adjustments.2 It can be quite common that after correcting the underlying misalignment for a long enough period of time that headaches are resolved.
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What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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